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Letter: Equal protection at heart of gay marriage debate

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Walter Aldorisio


To the editor:

A letter was published (Feb. 6) in the Daily Journal regarding HJR-3 (anti-gay marriage/civil union proposed referendum).

The author cited some school of business professor’s comments that permitting gay marriage/civil unions in Indiana would not necessarily attract more talented workers to Indiana.

The pros and cons of that issue have been published.

Regardless of the economic impact of HJR-3, the real issues center on human dignity and equal protection of the law for all citizens. The vote on the anti-gay marriage/civil union amendment can result in a tyranny of the voting majority.

Many of our Founding Fathers were as concerned about mob rule as they were about despotism.

The passing of the amendment would create a sub-class of citizens not entitled to the same rights as others. Vladimir Putin is doing this in Russia. Hitler did the same in Germany. Unfortunately, our history is checkered with discriminatory laws and even clauses in the U.S. Constitution. Our first peoples (Native Americans) did not count as the same as a white male for census and representation in Congress, and of course slaves did not count at all.

Laws even limited who could vote to those who could pay a polling tax. Our great country has come a long way in creating a society where people are considered equal under the law. We have a long way to go.

The passage of HJR-3 would be a big setback for Indiana.

God bless all the citizens of the United States.

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